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Merlo aiming high in Ireland

by Graham Black  |  Mon 30 Sep 2019

Merlo aiming high in Ireland

The Merlo telehandler distributor in Ireland, McHale Plant Sales, has announced a new post-Brexit arrangement whereby they will now have a product supply line direct from the factory in Italy.

With greater availability of products, McHale intend to target the construction and hire sectors with the Panoramic range of telehandlers. They feature Merlo’s unique chassis levelling and boom side-shift system, which is fully integrated into the front axle. These hydraulic cylinders provide 10 degrees of movement to either side, to ensure that the chassis is level on a transverse slope for a perfectly vertical lift. Other cylinders acting on the axle have the effect of side-shifting the boom by up to 44.5cm, without the need to move the machine or compromising its stability.

This system, coupled with a highly precise control of the hydrostatic transmission, ensures millimetre precision on placing the load. There is also a new design of stabilisers, which can be independently operated and are deployed within the footprint of the machine.

The standard automatic load management also allows the operator to set limits on the work equipment when going forward, left or right and raising loads up or down. This is particularly useful in confined job sites, where the compact and manoeuvrable nature of the Panoramic range comes into its own.

The large cab has anti-vibration mounts and includes an automatic attachment recognition system and Merlo’s Tac-Lock hydraulic coupler locking system. Together with the load management system these will help to keep the operator and ground workers safe at all times.

Two build versions of each model are available: the entry-level models will come with a 55kW (75hp) engine and are principally aimed at the high sector. The Plus versions feature a 75kW (101hp) engine with Merlo’s Eco Power Drive management system. This automatically reduces engine speeds when high power is not required, providing a significant fuel saving, and also feature a 40kph version of the transmission.

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